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It’s party season and the invites are filling up your calendar. As much as you would like to, you can’t possibly by an entire new outfit for each event. You need something versatile. (Plus, something fairly comfortable that you are able to eat a large piece of fruitcake in.) What do you reach for? A black dress. There’s a reason that they’re a party season staple. They’re flattering, eternally chic and you can dress them up with a sparkly necklace and heels, or down with flats, depending on the party. They may be versatile, but that doesn’t mean black dresses have to be boring. Instead of choosing the same fitted shift dress everyone will have on at the party, look for one with a special detail, interesting trim of contrasting textures. They’re just as easy wear. I promise.

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Check out 18 black dresses that are anything but boring:

1. Embellished Sleeve Pleated Mini Dress ($142.13, ASOS)ASOS Embellished Sleeve Pleated Mini Dress

Add a bit of bling–and a pop of color–with this chiffon dress. With all of the embellishment, you don’t need to worry about accessorizing.

2. Chiffon Dress ($39.95, H&M)H&M Chiffon Dress

A black-and-white print is just as wearable as a plain black dress, but much more eye-catching.

3. Embellished Mesh Dress ($280, Topshop)Topshop Limited Edition Black Dress

Could this be any more perfect for a holiday party? The embellishment looks like little Christmas lights.

4. Lace Dress With 3/4 Sleeves ($79.90, Zara)Zara Lace 3.4 Sleeve Black Dress

A black lace dress is fairly traditional, but not when you mix a geometric lace with floral and layer it over a sleeveless shift.

5. Harper Maxi Dress ($209, Lovers & Friends)Lovers & Friends Black Maxi Dress

Everywhere you look this maxi dress has unique details, from the cutout sides, to the gorgeous open back with lace panels.

6. Beaded Back-Strap Dress ($79.99, Mango)Mango Beaded Back Strap Dress

If you don’t want to deviate too far from the classic black shift, try this trapeze dress with a beaded strap detail on the back. Make sure you wear your hair up to show it off fully.

7. Liquid Shine Mini Dress ($98, Free People)Free People Shine Dress

Red and gold sparkles are holiday staples. This shimmery black dress has a modern wet -look finish.

8. Sequin Dress ($100, & Other Stories)Stories Sequin Dress

The matte and shiny sequins give this dress a sporty vibe, but don’t worry, it’s still dressy enough for any holiday party.

9. Sequined Velvet Dress ($179.99, Violeta)Violeta Sequined Velvet Black Dress

Velvet plus sequins sounds like too much of a good thing, but it works with this simple fitted silhouette.

10. Coming Home Sleeveless Dress ($70.14, Finders Keepers)Finders Keepers Black Dress

The sheer panels on the neckline and exposed zipper add a lot of interest, but the contrasting white hem adds another dimension.

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11. Draped Lapel Dress ($225, COS)COS Draped Lapel Dress

At first this just looks like a basic strapless LBD, but the quirky draped label is a fun twist on a classic blazer design.

12. Shake It Up Fringe Vegan Leather Dress ($78, Nasty Gal)Nasty Gal Fringe Vegan Leather Dress

This aptly-named Shake It Up dress has vegan leather fringe that is made for dancing.

13. La Boheme Embellished Lace Tunic Dress ($328, French Connection)French Connection La Boheme Embellished Lace Tunic Dress

There is nothing costume-y about this modern update of the flapper dress. Embellishment is just as cool as fringe.

14. Scalloped Boudoir Dress By Kiyonna ($158, Lane Bryant)Lane Bryant Scallopped Lace Dress

You’d never call this sexy dress boring. The scalloped details and contrasting lining give it a sultry lingerie look.

15. Ruffle Dress In Italian Stretch Wool ($198, J. Crew)J. Crew Ruffle Dress In Italian Wool

You don’t need to worry about any jewelry when you wear this black sheath with asymmetric pleating at the neckline.

16. Cape V-Cut Dress ($29.90, Forever 21)Forever 21 Anthroplogie V-Cut Dress

Cutouts always add interest to a garment, but the open cage detail on the back and front is something different.

17. Polka Dote Ponte Sleeveless Skater Dress ($78, American Apparel)American Apparel Ponte Polka Dot Dress

You don’t need rhinestones, feathers and lace to stand out. This polka dot print mixed with the low armholes and open back is captivating in a sutble way.

18. Alemana Petite Dress ($188, Plenty By Tracy Reese) Anthropologie Tracy Reese Petite Dress

Petite girls, if you’re look for a black dress with a shot of color, this one is for you. The mixed poka dots are clever, and the red adds just the right festive touch.

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